Who we are

Board Members

Glen Palm
Glen Palm

Board Chair
Retired Child and Family Studies Department Chair at SCSU

“Our community needs a space dedicated to young children and families. A children’s museum fills that gap and serves as a place for children and families to practice needed 21st century skills.”
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Buddy King
Buddy King

Vice Chair
Unit Director, Boys and Girls Club

“Great Rivers Children’s Museum creates a meeting place for everyone in the community to engage in fun and exciting activities. A diverse community sustains authentic education in arts and culture.  S.T.E.A.M is the tool of success.”

Greg Reigstad
Greg Reigstad

Treasurer
Retired professor and administrator at St. Cloud Technical and Community College

“Early in my career I worked with Head Start, which at the time had the slogan,’Teaching parents through children.’ I believe this is a good goal for the Great River Children’s Museum.”

Karel Helgeson
Karel Helgeson

Board Member

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Jane Ellison
Jane Ellison

Board Member
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

“A children’s museum will provide exciting opportunities to support the social and emotional development of young children in our community, through exploration and play, with their parents or other important caregivers in their lives.”

Becky Coborn
Becky Coborn

Board Member
Parent Educator, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools

“Investing in a children’s museum reflects the priorities of our community and boosts the quality of life for everyone.
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Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Board Member
Retired CEO of the Stearns County History Museum and Senior VP for Corporate Services at CentraCare

Monica Segura-Schwartz
Monica Segura-Schwartz

Board Member

“Our community needs more options to accelerate learning about arts and culture. A children’s museum will enhance local culture by encouraging people to engage with each other.”

Sara McKeever
Sara McKeever

Board Member
Parent Educator, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools

“It’s been my dream to have a museum space in central Minnesota where children and adults are able to play together in a meaningful way that builds their relationship.”

Dr. Vincent Miles
Dr. Vincent Miles

Board Member
Psychologist, Miles Psychological Services

“This is an exciting time! The future of our community is being influenced by those just entering the world today. A local children’s museum presents an extraordinary opportunity to bring our community together, promoting learning through curiosity, and ultimately strengthening our humanity.”

Alex Hengel
Alex Hengel

Board Member
CPA at CliftonLarsonAllen

Dr. Jill Amsberry
Dr. Jill Amsberry

Board Member
Pediatrician CentraCare Health System

“As a mother and pediatrician in this community, I am thrilled to be a part of an organization striving to create a safe place for our children to grow and learn. I look forward to an environment that allows our children to play without the constraints of gender, race, socioeconomic status or circumstance.”

Jennifer Mueller
Jennifer Mueller

Board Member
Dean of the School of Education
St. Cloud State University

“I’m new to the St. Cloud community and this project highlights the importance that is placed on the support and success of the children here. Our children deserve all of the resources and quality learning experiences that we can provide. It is great to see the community pull together to make this dream a reality. It further affirms our choice to come to St. Cloud!”

Jerry VonKorff
Jerry VonKorff

Board Member
Attorney, Rinke Noonan

Habso Mohamud
Habso Mohamud

Board Member
Author, It Only Takes One Yes!

Committee Members

Deb Campbell
Deb Campbell

Retired Early Childhood Director, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools

“As a parent and grandparent, I am excited to be part of the development of a children’s museum for our area. What a great addition to our community.”

John Wertz
John Wertz

“It is important for kids to have unguided, free-form, creative play experiences. A children’s museum can provide an unstructured environment for exploration in today’s over-scheduled, excessively supervised world.”

Linda McNelly
Linda McNelly

Retired Parent Educator with District 742

“I love children, children’s museums and the St. Cloud area. Check out my collection of hundreds of images from other children’s museums to see what might be possible for our community.”
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David Mohs
David Mohs

“As life-long resident of Saint Cloud, I am thrilled to support a welcoming environment in which the next generation can play, learn, and thrive.”